Geico Donates Photo to USS Ronald Reagan


Story Number: NNS040907-05Release Date: 9/7/2004 1:46:00 PM
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By Journalist 3rd Class Stephanie Senn, USS Ronald Reagan Public Affairs

ABOARD USS RONALD REAGAN (NNS) -- Geico president Tony Nicely donated a framed picture of President Ronald Reagan standing on the weather deck of a battleship to USS Ronald Reagan's chief petty officer's mess Aug. 26.

Nicely said this was a way for Geico to express their appreciation toward the military.

"We've had a great relationship with the military for many years," said Nicely. "It's the military that has made this company what it is today."

Geico, or Government Employees Insurance Company, used to service only U.S. government employees. In 1958, they expanded their customer base to the civilian sector.

Mike Baker, retired force master chief and Geico's military market manager, helped make sure Ronald Reagan Sailors received the picture.

"We had opportunities to sponsor various things during the construction of Ronald Reagan," said Baker. "We wanted to do something that would be meaningful and enhance the ship."

According to Ronald Reagan Command Master Chief Kathy Hansen, contributions like this help strengthen the Navy's relationship with the civilian community.

"This is great for the Navy and the civilian community," said Hansen. "When Nicely and his group toured the ship, they got to see how great the ship and her crew are. That positive information will get passed on to others in the community."

"It's a good picture," said Senior Chief Cryptologic Technician, Communications (SW/AW) Eric Dennis. "This picture means a lot to me and should mean a lot to all USS Ronald Reagan Sailors."

Nicely voiced his admiration for the military during the ceremony.

"We appreciate what the military does for our company and our country," said Nicely. "I sleep better at night knowing the sacrifices our servicemembers have made for my freedom."

For related news, visit the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/cvn76.

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